We always leave washing instructions with all of our orders but I thought it would be a good idea just to reiterate and post it on our blog. After all, we want to make sure that your equipment lasts for many years to come. With proper care, your Wilkers pads should last for years to come.
All our pads are machine washable in warm water with your favorite laundry detergent (hopefully yours is a non-bleach detergent). If you can set your machine's water level to go to the highest level do! Not only will your pads wash better but they will more importantly rinse better too. You can certainly use the regular cycle but don't overload the washing machine with too many pads. Bottom line, you want to ensure that your pads do not have any soapy residue which might irritate his or her skin.
The worse thing to can do to your pads is add bleach, that's a big no-no as far as Wilker's is concerned. The reason being is that bleach is corrosive as well as an irritant to the the skin. Bleach will break down the foam, fabric and will fade your pipping and trim horribly! Add about 1/3 cup of white vinegar to the fabric softener compartment and it will remove any soapy residue naturally.
- Launder separately with similar items and colors and wash regularly or even better, after each use.
- Avoid washing with items containing velcro or buckles. It's safe to spot-treat stubborn stains. I love to use Oxiclean. Spray and use a soft tooth brush if you have stubborn stain, let sit for 5 minutes and proceed with your wash.
- Air dry your pad for best results. If you need to put it in the dryer, please put it on air fluff setting and NO HEAT! Excess heat from the dryer will damage or alter some of the components of your pads.
- Lastly, one of our customers Candy says that she uses Scotch Guard and sprays her pads regularly to avoid boot markings on your pads. Take a look on their bottle for instructions.